Category Archives: General Meeting

Landscape and Deep-Sky Astrophotography

Please join us for this weeks program, Landscape and Deep-Sky Astrophotography in the Heartland with Central Illinois Landscape Photographer, Joshua Rhoades. Tuesday, March 26, 7-9pm

Operating out of his home and taking advantage of the relatively dark skies of Elkhart, IL, Joshua uses multiple telescopes and specialized cameras and equipment to capture ancient light in his deep-space astrophotographs. During various times of the year, Joshua goes mobile with his equipment, finding inspiration in the beauty of Elkhart and surrounding areas and composing beautiful (and arguably typical) midwestern scenes beneath the starry sky. Joshua will be speaking about the processes and techniques used to create deep-space and landscape astrophotographs and will be providing a look at the specialized equipment used, including several different types of telescopes.

If you love the midwest landscape, including old barns and farm trucks, you’ll enjoy experiencing Joshua’s creative vision come to life and viewing his portfolio of award winning images.

First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave, Downtown, Peoria. Guests are welcome. Please arrive before 7pm.

Tecnicraft Printing

Technicraft will be presenting on different printing techniques and finishes including textured printing, giclee prints, wall murals, printing to wood/metal/glass, and canvas. Additionally, information on color calibration, brightness levels, and how paper affects color will be offered. After a brief presentation, the Technicraft team will have breakout groups with samples to answer in-depth questions and allow attendees to experience materials hands-on. The evening will be casual and leave plenty of time for questions.
The attached link is to our video for people to get a preview if they want. We will also be showing this at the presentation:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KBYXn40vME

Exploring the World of Drone Photography

Seasoned drone pilot and photographer, Keith Folken, will cover time tested advice in the exciting world of drones to help you get your photos “off the ground”.

During this two hour program, Keith will discuss:

  • Why get into aerial (drone) photography?
  • Buying tips – what gear should I consider?
  • Planning your shoot
  • First Flight – Getting Started
  • Taking Photos and Video
  • Post Processing Tips
  • Rules – Legal and Ethical
  • Question & Answer

Keith is one of the most creative photographers and videographers in the Peoria area. We hope you’ll join us this Tuesday, February 26, 7-9 pm to see the amazing work Keith has been doing and experience Drone Photography from a new perspective. Guests are welcome.

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry, Peoria, IL

To learn more about Keith Folken Photography, check out this link to Keith’s Facebook page.

Learn to Create Slideshows

Join us on Tuesday Feb 19, to get an insight into creating slideshows using Powerpoint, Lightroom and Proshow.

From simple images arranged to tell a story, to adding music and narration, motion and transitions, see what current software has to offer. See first hand from Tom Ruhland how easy it is to create lasting stories for your friends and family. Learn how easy it is to create Hi-def shows and you-tube videos. Impress your friends with your images in a creative way.

HOW TO FRAME LIKE A PRO

Whether you’re framing a photo for yourself, family, friends, an exhibition, or you’re selling your artwork, learn how to “Frame Like a Professional”.

Club Member Julie Dodge will share her experiences and lessons learned on framing using both ready-made and custom frames. If you’re overwhelmed with decisions, Julie will help you sort through the framing options and enlighten you on what supplies are needed to “do it yourself”. You will learn how to: select the right frame, size your photos, size and cut a mat and mounting board, mount your print, select the right glass and hanging hardware, and “put it all together”.

If you want your photographic artwork to make an impressive statement on the wall and stand out from the crowd, this is a program you won’t want to miss. Hope to see you!! Tuesday, Feb 5, 7-9pm. First United Methodist Church, downtown Peoria.

The Art & Philosophy of Landscape Photography

Dan Anderson, a landscape photographer from Ellison Bay, WI, will present a program on The Art & Philosophy of Landscape Photography on Tuesday, January 29, from 7-9pm.

Dan will discuss what a landscape photograph “is” and “is not”, the various “types” of landscape photography, and how the “philosophy, emotions and style” of the photographer “work in harmony” to create a work of landscape art.

The discussion of what goes into creating a piece of art will touch on necessary camera techniques and the frustrations that may occur when working in this style of photography. Topics will be illustrated using Dan’s personal portfolio of images.

Examples will also include recent images made with his new photographic tool — a drone. There will be time for questions regarding his new camera platform, drone photography.

You can view more information about Dan and his work on his website, www.danielandersonphotography.com, and on his Facebook page www.facebook.com/daniel.anderson.photos

My Time With The “Burnside” Lens

Have you ever wanted to try out a new lens, but you’re not ready to make a commitment?  Peoria Camera Club member Marcia Straub qualified to borrow a lens from LensBaby and did just that!!

Learn about Marcia’s six-week adventure shooting with the “Burnside” Lens last summer and how she shared her images with an international audience on social media. You’ll want to hear all about “The Traveling Burnside Project” directly from Marcia, including how she earned the attention of the president of LensBaby!

If you’re curious about the capabilities of the Burnside Lens, other LensBaby lenses, and her new Sony mirrorless camera, this is a program you won’t want to miss.

Did she purchase the lens after the trial? Find out Tuesday, Jan 8, 7-9pm.

Birding & Blogging Along the Texas Gulf Coast

Brian Doerfler, an avid birder and wildlife photographer from Brimfield, IL, will present a program on “Birding & Blogging along the Texas Gulf Coast” this Tuesday evening at Peoria Camera Club, 7-9p.

When not exploring the remote corners of Jubilee State Park, Brian and his wife enjoy traveling about the country in search of new sights and wildlife. Brian is also a long time blogger running multiple sites on wildlife encounters and social behaviors.

During this program, Brian will share his photography and birding observations from their multiple trips to the Texas Gulf Coast region. Brian will also include advice on blogging, insights on his digital image workflow and how those images are then featured on his blogs.

Whether you’re a birder, lover of wildlife, or you prefer to shoot other subject matter, Brian will enlighten you on how you can get more out of your photography by sharing photos and stories from your travels through blogging.

Check out Brian’s wildlife photography in their gallery at EddieSoft.smugmug.com and related blog at WildlifeIntrigued.com.

CLUB COMPETITIONS — DUE DATES

PCC Members, This listing should better clarify the Competitions and when Images are due.

Number of Competitions for each Category:
Open = 3
Nature = 3
Print = 3
Creative = 2
Photojournalism = 2
Theme = 2
City Landscape = 1
Smartphone = 1
President’s Special = 1

CICCA = 2

DUE DATES for TURN-IN


AUGUST 2018

8/21 — NATURE-1, OPEN-1

SEPTEMBER
9/4 — PHOTOJOURNALISM-1
9/18 — OPEN-2
9/25 — CREATIVE-1

OCTOBER
10/2 — CITY LANDSCAPE
10/23 — CICCA Print
10/26 — CICCA Digital

NOVEMBER
11/20 — PRINT-1
11/27 — THEME-1 (Botany)

DECEMBER
12/4 — NATURE-2

JANUARY 2019
1/8 — OPEN-3
1/22 — PRINT-2
1/29 — CREATIVE-2

FEBRUARY
2/5 — SMARTPHONE, THEME-2 (Still Life)
2/19 — PHOTOJOURNALISM-2, NATURE-3

MARCH
3/19 — PRINT-3

APRIL
4/2 — PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL (Capturing New with Old)

MAY
5/7 – END OF YEAR

COMPETITION HANDLERS

OPEN — Tom Ruhland
NATURE — Scott Dunham
CREATIVE — Julie Dodge
PHOTOJOURNALISM — Paul Bierma
CITY LANDSCAPE — Andrea Monninger
SMARTPHONE — Ray Keithley
THEME 1 — Paul Bierma
THEME 2 — Julie Dodge
PRINT — Alan Rogers
PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL — ?

(Since the website is public, please refer to the Member Directory for email addresses)

See the competition rules document on the for further details

All About the Night Sky

OK, maybe not “all” there is to know about the night sky, but certainly enough to satisfy a craving to learn what’s involved in photographing the night sky and the beautiful celestial objects that live there. On Tuesday, October 2nd, guest speaker, Craig Stocks will discuss astro-landscapes, featuring the Milky Way, as well as approaches to more detailed astrophotography. Post processing will also be addressed since it’s such a critical element to create a successful night sky photo.

Guests are welcome to attend.